- Growing Up Bronx
When I was a kid, I was surrounded by roaches and mice. I mean, it was so bad, anytime I left my house I’d shake off all my clothes to make sure that there were no critters on me. It happened once or twice that I’d be on the train, and a roach would crawl out of my shirt, that was dreadfully embarrassing. So it should come as no surprise that eventually a roach went inside my ear.
The way we discovered this was that one day I woke up with excruciating pain in my ear. I was a young kid, and I can’t remember the pain itself, but I remember being taken to the hospital because of the pain. I think we went to Lebanon Hospital in the Bronx. The doctors examined me to try and figure out the source of my pain. They used the ear thingy to look inside and one seemed to notice the issue.
At one point, I saw one of them come over with some tweezers, they didn’t say anything about what was being done, presumably cause they might have thought I’d freak out about it. One tilted my head and stuck the tweezers inside, then they pulled them out and showed us a dead roach. Dude, what the hell? I think they may have prescribed some meds just in case, and everyone got a bit of a kick out of the situation. Everyone except me, I legit had a dead roach in my ear! Thank goodness the fucker died and didn’t crawl in deeper! I remember reading that roaches can’t crawl backwards so it sort of makes sense the damn thing got stuck, but damn that’s scary!
In any case, do you have a persistent ear ache? Don’t ignore it, it could be a damn roach just kicking it inside your head! LOL.
Just a life long New Yorker sharing the journey through my lens. Please take note of a post’s date. The views I express here are subject to change and evolving as I grow and learn.